Lessons in butchery for college catering students

An award-winning butcher has visited New College Nottingham to teach catering students about where their meat comes from.

The students got the chance to see a pig being butchered as part of the demonstration by butcher Johnny Pusztai and were taught how to prepare different cuts of meat and how to cook it.

Mr Pusztai is the owner of J.T. Beedham’s butcher’s shop on Mansfield Road in Sherwood and has been the butcher for the likes of Sir Paul Smith and Michelin star restaurant Sat Bains.


He is also  a former student at the Clarendon campus of New College Nottingham and wanted to give something back to its next generation of chefs and caterers.


Sam North, chef lecturer at the college said the workshop will be very valuable to the pupils when they go into the culinary industry .

He said: “There is only so much you can teach from a textbook. People like Johnny come in and teach the students and give them a hands-on, interactive, visual learning experience.

“It’s really important that we give the guys a good introduction into the quality and origins when buying meat.”


The chef lecture said that the demonstration would show the students how they can buy large pieces of meat to make there own cuts and use the by-products to make money.

“They can purchase a whole joint, get the skills here to prepare that joint and generate the products they  would pay for if they were buying portioned meat and have a by-product to make sausages faggots or haggis, which will add extra revenue to their business.”


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